Exactly a year ago I started my study abroad adventure in Japan. I thought I’d post my top three favorite pictures from the 5 months I spent there. For all my posts visit Japanland the pictures aren’t as nice but the stories are!
Science museums are still fun as an adult and the piers in SF can still be enjoyed when they’re filled with tourists. My friend came and visited me in March and we took a lot of pictures and had a lot of fun!
I don’t take many pictures while at school but I found a few worth sharing. Here are some of my favorite places in the East Bay.
I think the thing I’ve found the most amazing about my travels in the UK and in Paris is seeing the tiny pictures that were in my 9th grade history textbook come to life. Just a few years ago, those places seemed like things out of a book that I’d never get to visit. Versailles was amazing even though we didn’t have enough time to go inside and Montmartre was wonderful too. I just wish I had more time there to soak it all in.
One of the things I really wanted to do was go to Paris for a weekend and I finally made it! I went through a student tour company and we drove/ferried overnight from London and arrived Saturday morning. We went to Notre Dame, saw the Mona Lisa, and walked all around the city. Needless to say it was super tiring but totally worth it!
Earlier this summer I went to a conference down at San Diego State. And needless to say the weather, the campus, and the beach were all gorgeous.
This past weekend I got out of the city a bit and biked to some other areas around Oxfordshire. Owls are one of my favorite things in the world so I headed down south about 12 miles (more if you count getting lost) to the Millets Falconry Centre and the farm that it was in. The flying show was amazing and now I want to become a falconer. (^v^)
Here’s another post from this past summer. Yelp has pretty good directions to all these places so I’d suggest looking there if you want to go.
The first hike takes you to the cliffs above Makapu’u starting from the hill across the street from the parking lot of the scenic viewpoint after the hiking trail.
Manoa Falls is at the way back of Manoa. I’d suggest parking in the neighborhood outside and walking in to prevent paying a $5 parking fee. (That is not my dog)
Last one is in Nu’uanu off of one of the last exits to the Pali (I forget which one). If you look closely at the bushes on the side of the road. there’s a shortcut so you can avoid walking down the trail all together.
After realizing that some places are closed on Sundays, I decided that I needed to make another trip on a Saturday. Started at Marble Arch, walked across Hyde Park to the Science and Natural History Museums, took the tube to London Bridge for the Borough Market, walked back across the Thames along the Millennium Bridge, saw a taping of Dr. Who in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral, walked to the British Museum, walked to Oxford Circus and Carnaby Street, walked to Buckingham Palace, walked to Victoria Station, then bussed home. I mapped the distance that I walked and it came out to around 10 miles. Phew!
Here are some pictures from closer to home that I’d like to share. They were taken during my unintended week in the Bay Area that gave me an opportunity to explore the city. I’ll upload more of these periodically.